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DRACULA debuts

Okay, here we go. The first trailer for the forthcoming DRACULA series starring Claes Bang as the legendary aristocratic vampire. (Nice timing, BBC, although it would have been even better if the trailer had dropped on Halloween night!) Let’s watch it together, shall we? Click here and give it a gander. I’m about to do…

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Slender Man Victim Speaks

Just in time for Halloween—which I’m sure is merely a coincidence—teenager Payton Leutner has chosen to speak about the attack wherein she was stabbed 19 times by two supposed friends who wanted to sacrifice her to the Slender Man. No, I don’t blame *her.* But I doubt it is a coincidence that ABC News chose…

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The Joker—Did He or Didn’t He?

The cinematographer of JOKER says that Arthur didn’t kill Zazie Beetz’s character, or her daughter, in the movie. He says the director, Todd Phillips, said that he didn’t. I don’t think I believe him. If Arthur didn’t kill them, what were those screams and the police lights in the scene immediately following all about? If…

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Dracula’s Munchies

I was in town (Huntsville, Alabama) because I was judging a playwright competition and I got there early. Being the Saturday before Halloween, the site of the competition, Lowe Mill Arts Center, was doing trick-or-treat for the kids. I enjoyed seeing all the costumes, but geeze Louise it was crowded. It seemed like every parent…

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Equal Time For Revenant Bears

No, I’m not talking about the killer grizzly bear from the Leo DiCaprio movie THE REVENANT. Nor am I talking about the freaky mutated bear monster from the film ANNIHILATION (which wasn’t really a revenant as it didn’t come back from the dead onscreen but sure looked like a zombie bear ought to look). I’m…

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The Ever-Bleeding Scalp

A few months back I bought myself a stainless steel razor. I’ve used electric razors in the past and they worked fine for a while, but the blades would get dull far too quickly for my liking, and since it cost just as much to buy new blades for one of those things as it…

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Bride’s Hair Revisited

I’d always figured the Bride of Frankenstein’s hair stood up the way it does because of the electricity. All that voltage making her hair stand on end. But I recently read that the hairstyle was actually inspired by historical depictions of Nefertiti. (The bust of Nefertiti, that is. No one has any idea what Nefertiti’s…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE FOG

I had the chance to catch the original THE FOG the other night at the Full Moon Cineplex while I was in town (Nashville, Tennessee) for the Oddities Market. It’s one of my favorites and I’ve seen it many times, but never on the big screen before. Despite multiple viewings, something occurred to me the…

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Blood in the Basement

As opposed to bats in the belfry? Given the choice between the two, I’d have to opt for the bats. Bat urine doesn’t smell all that great, as anyone who has ever been exposed to large quantities of it can attest. But I’m willing to bet it would smell better than a cellar full of…

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Lay Off The Joker!

THE GUARDIAN is not a trustworthy news site. They have at times in the past proven that they are not a news site at all, rather a propaganda rag. They are for the PC jerks what Faux News is for the Alt-Right. Why, then, would I bother to give them the time of day? Only…

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Museum-ed

There’s a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles entitled “Natural History of Horror.” It will run through April of 2020, which is unfortunately a narrow window for folks like me, folks who would dearly love to visit but, well, LA is a long drive from where I am and my schedule…

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A Vampire By Any Other Name

A recent discussion I had with a chum online inspired these ruminations. Knowing that Bram Stoker had already to a large extent crafted his fictional “Count Wampyr”, villain of the forthcoming novel DRACULA, before he ever learned about the historical Dracula (the degree to which he knew details of the life of that Dracula is…

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